Friday, 22 November 2013
Casting announced for Tonight's The Night UK Tour
Casting has been announced for the upcoming UK Tour of Tonight's The Night, a musical comedy inspired by the songs of Rod Stewart. The tour, which begins in January 2014, will star Sugababe Jade Ewen as Dee Dee up until 26th April 2014.
The production will also star: Michael McKell reprising his role as Stoner (until 26th April ), Ben Heathcote (Mamma Mia!, Three Musketeers) as Stuart, Jenna Lee-James (We Will Rock You, Joseph) as Mary, Tiffany Graves (We Will Rock You, Sweet Charity) reprising her role as Satan/Baby Jane, Andy Rees (Legally Blonde, A Chorus Line) as Rocky and Craig Mather (Les Miserables) as alternate Stuart.
The cast also features: Michelle Antrobus, Joshua Dever, Amy Diamond, Rosie Fletcher, Rosie Heath, Sinead Long, Tom Millen, Darryl Paul, Ricky Rojas, Spin and Lindsey Tierney.
Tonight's The Night premiered in the West End in 2003 before touring the UK. With a book by multi award-winning writer and comedian Ben Elton (We Will Rock You), Tonight's The Night features over 20 classic Rod Stewart hits including: Tonight's the Night, Hot Legs, Baby Jane, Do Ya Think I'm Sexy, Maggie May, This Old Heart of Mine, I Don't Wanna Talk About It, Ooh La La, Some Guys Have All the Luck, Forever Young and Sailing.
The tour will open at Manchester's Palace Theatre on 20th January 2014, followed by dates in cities including Liverpool, Edinburgh, Birmingham, Milton Keynes, Sheffield, Aberdeen, Glasgow and Bristol.
Rod Stewart said: "In the past, any ideas for musicals revolving around my songs just didn't work for me. It was only when we were approached to do 'Tonight's The Night' that the idea really took off. I'm absolutely thrilled that this great show is touring the UK again."
Ben Elton said: "Rod is such a totally unique artist. I initially approached him about a musical because his songs are all about storytelling and I felt that a great story could grow from them."
Set on the mean streets of Detroit and in the glamorous clubs of uptown LA, the show tells the story of Stu, a shy young man, so tongue tied that he cannot find the courage to declare his love to the girl of his dreams. How different he is to his hero, that legendary rock n' roll vagabond Rod Stewart! One night our hero strikes a deal with the Devil, trading his soul for Rod's. It seems like a good idea at the time but he's is about to find out the hard way that you can't find true love using another man's moves and that devil or no devil, there's only one Rod Stewart!
Jade Ewen is best known as a member of Brit girl-band Sugababes, attaining two UK top 10 singles with the group. Jade also represented the UK at the 2009 Eurovision Song Contest performing the Andrew Lloyd Webber penned 'It's My Time', achieving fifth place, making her the most successful British Eurovision act since 2002. On stage Jade has appeared as Young Nala in The Lion King and Curly in Whistle Down the Wind, and television credits include Casualty, The Bill, Steffi and Splash!